Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

by Sheri Fink

In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs 5 days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amid chaos.After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last forrescue.

  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 558 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.87 out of 5
  • Published September 10th 2013 by Crown
  • ISBN: 0307718964 (ISBN13: 9780307718969)
  • Edition Language: English
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  • Literary Awards: PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction (2015)
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest (2013)
  • National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction (2013)
  • PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award Nominee (2014)
  • Andrew Carnegie Medal Nominee for Nonfiction (2014)

In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs 5 days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amid chaos.After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.In a voice at once involving and fair, masterful and intimate, Fink exposes the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared we are in America for the impact of large-scale disasters—and how we can do better. A remarkable book, engrossing from start to finish, Five Days at Memorial radically transforms your understanding of human nature in crisis.